Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Nine of Diamonds Quilts
Patchwork Quilts
Quilt Patterns
Quilt Piecing
Quilting
Star Quilts
Title
"She liked to do different patterns."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  patchwork quilts
-  star quilts
-  nine of diamonds quilts
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Hillsville
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Although Geraldine Johnson's notes indicate that this interview was cut short due to Mrs. Shockley's need to leave to take care of her mother, they nonetheless covered a lot of useful information within the limited time. Mrs. Shockley learned to quilt as a child, has made numerous quilts for her family, and sells quilt tops at a flea market. She talks a lot about her mother and has her mother's collection of quilt blocks. (Although not addressed in the interview, these blocks probably served as a reference collection, to remind the maker how the block goes together.) This interview is particularly interesting because of the amount of detail on the activities of an earlier quilting generation and because of Mrs. ShockleyÆs poignant comments about her realization that quilts are her motherÆs legacy.
-  Transcription: GJ: What were some of your mother's favorite patterns? Do you recall? / MS: No, I don't. It seemed that she liked to do something different. Every time, well I would say, I guess, too, the star. I have more quilts with the stars of some description, that has a star in it. I don't think that, she didn't piece too many of the Lone Star, but most of them have a star somewhere in the block and then filled in. And a Nine of Diamonds, I guess she pieced an awful lot of Nine of Diamonds, that was just nine, uh, of two different colors. And then this would sew together, all over the bed, to make a, some she joined together and some she, you know, pieced in, patterns that you could sew together all over. She would sew that together and just make up a full quilt of that instead of joining it. / GJ: What was joining it? / MS: Well, now, joining is the little pieces that goes between the squares. And some of the quilts go well, you know, with the pieces between the squares, and then some go well, makes the pattern all over the bed, you know, all over the whole quilt, to join the squares instead of, to put the squares to each other rather than the joining between 'em.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R103
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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